Psalm 39-43 - The Vanity of Life; God Sustains His Servant.

Psalm 39

The Vanity of Life.

For the choir director, for Jeduthun.

A Psalm of David.

1 I said, "I will guard my ways

That I may not sin with my tongue;

I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle

While the wicked are in my presence."

2 I was mute and silent,

I refrained even from good,

And my sorrow grew worse.

3 My heart was hot within me,

While I was musing the fire burned;

Then I spoke with my tongue:

4 "LORD, make me to know my end

And what is the extent of my days;

Let me know how transient I am.

5 "Behold, You have made my days as


And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;

Surely every man at his best is a mere

breath. Selah.

6 "Surely every man walks about as a


Surely they make an uproar for nothing;

He amasses riches and does not know

who will gather them.

7 "And now, Lord, for what do I wait?

My hope is in You.

8 "Deliver me from all my transgressions;

Make me not the reproach of the foolish.

9 "I have become mute, I do not open my


Because it is You who have done it.

10 "Remove Your plague from me;

Because of the opposition of Your hand I

am perishing.

11 "With reproofs You chasten a man for


You consume as a moth what is precious

to him;

Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.

12 "Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear

to my cry;

Do not be silent at my tears;

For I am a stranger with You,

A sojourner like all my fathers.

13 "Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may

smile again

Before I depart and am no more."

Psalm 40

God Sustains His Servant.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 I waited patiently for the LORD;

And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

2 He brought me up out of the pit of

destruction, out of the miry clay,

And He set my feet upon a rock making my

footsteps firm.

3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song

of praise to our God;

Many will see and fear

And will trust in the LORD.

4 How blessed is the man who has made

the LORD his trust,

And has not turned to the proud, nor to

those who lapse into falsehood.

5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders

which You have done,

And Your thoughts toward us;

There is none to compare with You.

If I would declare and speak of them,

They would be too numerous to count.

6 Sacrifice and meal offering You have not


My ears You have opened;

Burnt offering and sin offering You have

not required.

7 Then I said, "Behold, I come;

In the scroll of the book it is written of me.

8 I delight to do Your will, O my God;

Your Law is within my heart."

9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteous-

ness in the great congregation;

Behold, I will not restrain my lips,

O LORD, You know.

10 I have not hidden Your righteousness

within my heart;

I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your


I have not concealed Your lovingkindness

and Your truth from the great congregation.

11 You, O LORD, will not withhold Your

compassion from me;

Your lovingkindness and Your truth will

continually preserve me.

12 For evils beyond number have sur-

rounded me;

My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I

am not able to see;

They are more numerous than the hairs of

my head,

And my heart has failed me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me;

Make haste, O LORD, to help me.

14 Let those be ashamed and humiliated


Who seek my life to destroy it;

Let those be turned back and dishonored

Who delight in my hurt.

15 Let those be appalled because of their


Who say to me, "Aha, aha!"

16 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad

in You;

Let those who love Your salvation say con-


"The LORD be magnified!"

17 Since I am afflicted and needy,

Let the Lord be mindful of me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

Do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 41

The Psalmist in Sickness Complains

of Enemies and False Friends.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 How blessed is he who considers the


The LORD will deliver him in a day of


2 The LORD will protect him and keep

him alive,

And he shall be called blessed upon

the earth;

And do not give him over to the desire

of his enemies.

3 The LORD will sustain him upon his


In his illness, You restore him to health.

4 As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious

to me;

Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You."

5 My enemies speak evil against me,

"When will he die, and his name perish?"

6 And when he comes to see me, he speaks


His heart gathers wickedness to itself;

When he goes outside, he tells it.

7 All who hate me whisper together

against me;

Against me they devise my hurt, saying,

8 "A wicked thing is poured out upon him,

That when he lies down, he will not rise up


9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted,

Who ate my bread,

Has lifted up his heel against me.

10 But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and

raise me up,

That I may repay them.

11 By this I know that You are pleased with me,

Because my enemy does not shout in triumph

over me.

12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,

And You set me in Your presence forever.

13 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,

From everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.


Psalm 42

Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So my soul pants for You, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;

When shall I come and appear before God?

3 My tears have been my food day and night,

While they say to me all day long, "Where is

your God?"

4 These things I remember and I pour out my

soul within me.

For I used to go along with the throng and

lead them in procession to the house of


With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a

multitude keeping festival.

5 Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why have you become disturbed within


Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him

For the help of His presence.

6 O my God, my soul is in despair within me;

Therefore I remember You from the land of

the Jordan

And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your


All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled

over me.

8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness

in the daytime;

And His song will be with me in the night,

A prayer to the God of my life.

9 I will say to God my rock, "Why have You

forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning because of the

oppression of the enemy?"

10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries

revile me,

While they say to me all day long, "Where is

your God?"

11 Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why have you become disturbed within


Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,

The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 43

Prayer for Deliverance.

1 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case

against an ungodly nation;

O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust


2 For You are the God of my strength; why

have You rejected me?

Why do I go mourning because of the

oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let

them lead me;

Let them bring me to Your holy hill

And to Your dwelling places.

4 Then I will go to the altar of God,

To God my exceeding joy;

And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God,

my God.

5 Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why are you disturbed within me?

Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,

The help of my countenance and my God.

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